A Christmas Rap Thats Actually Good

Baltimore artist Jumbled has released a Christmas song.  Normally Christmas music is all kinds of terrible, all of them!  But not Jumbled.  He’s released a track which brings a little reality to the world of Christmas music.

She Wants It All starts off well, a bright trumpet and some sleigh bells set the Christmas Tone.  Then the Christmas spirit starts to wear off and Jumbled levels his anger at the commercialism of it all.  It then gets even darker as Jumbled turns it on to women. ‘..head back to the mall/she says she wants nothing but she wants it all’.

Jumble is a DIY Hip-Hop producer who takes a few ques from Phil Spector.  Get it free here.

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David Horn

03/12/12: Live in the Living Room – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Music is amazing.  Music with a purpose is even better.  That’s exactly what Live in the Living Room have produced.  With a host of Kent’s finest LTLR’s mastermind  James Vince has recorded this version to raise awareness of a very important cause.  The Meningitis Trust have been raising awareness about Meningitis for 25 years, and this follows an event earlier in the year also supporting the cause.

Down to the song.  Recorded by .. guess, go on – yep you got it, Dan Lucas of Anchor Baby Recordings it’s a faithful and strong version of the original showcasing the talent we have in Kent.  Opened by Alie Cotter of Blaise Paisel it even has extra flourishes of production, such as the vocals laid down by Ted Clark.  The Alex Beharrell Band play the backing track.  You can’t get anymore local than this and the level of quality shows how good our local scene is.  Get your copy here.

The video that accompanies the track was filmed by Colin O’Reilly from AMEBA.  Shot in the studio during the recording it shows the atmosphere of the session perfectly, showing the enjoyment and passion of those involved.  It even feature’s our own Mitch Emery singing and busting a move.

Here’s who is involved if you were wondering.  Alie Cotter from Blaise Paisel. Fred Clark. Alex Beharrell from The Alex Beharrell Band. Kerry-Lee Woollard from Sugar Skulls. Charlotte-Rose Ellis. Luke Pope from Small Crusades. Ted Clark and Connie Cummings from Brother Bare. Diane Dunn from The Oh Suzannahs. Vicky Barker. Mitch Emery. Jack Bowden.  Lota people!!

Scary Adverts

This was written around a year ago, just a little something something to keep your eyes filled while the next review comes together.

Forget Jedward, The Human Centipede and the iPod, adverts really are the most horrifying thing we’re exposed to today.  The latest advert by Nokia for the ABCD 500,000 (insert blatantly random characters here) show what scary beasts adverts can be.  The sinister whispered delivery by a child is the least scary part of this audio assault.  The advert accuses parents who don’t by the latest mobile cancer factory of actually ruining Christmas and doing their child harm (under 12 if the advert is anything to go by) in their clearly very busy social life where a judgement based on phone apparently means a life of loneliness.

The 30 second terroriser along with classic brands that have audacity to update their adverts and in turn pollute social networking sites present a clear need  to reform advertising through the awesome power of common sense.  It’ll be genius,using horrific advert a new voice would enter the advert and give the kid a slap; telling the kid to be less materialistic and that the true meaning of Christmas is family and fun.  People still believe that right?  Anyway this injection of common sense would be genius across the board.  Technology  – leave the house and go enjoy nature for real rather than watching it HD 3D uber screen and  using its inbuilt link to your brain to natter about whos voted where.

Dave Horn

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – This Christmas

I can’t tell a lie, Christmas music doesn’t have much a home in my musical world.  When it’s Vincent Vega singing it to you though you should at least give it a listen.  I mean have you seen how he gets about burgers?!  So him (otherwise known as John Travolta) and Olivia Newton-John have joined forces once more to record.

What they’ve recorded is thirteen Christmas classics.  As Christmas classics go they sound good.  There are children’s choirs and some famous friends like Barbara Streisand.  It delivers everything we’ve come to expect from a Christmas album.  There’s no doubt this will be filling many a house on the big day this year.  The biggest plus about this album are vocals from John and Olivia which deliver these Christmas songs perfectly, showing this isn’t just two stars abusing their fame in an area they have no talent in.

It does sound like every other Christmas album you’ve ever heard though.  If you’re a big fan of their previous work, or you’re in need of a new disc  then this is the album for you.  If you have bought a Christmas album though in the last twenty years and you and it get along there really isn’t much point buying this.  The profits do go to charity however; that’s one thing you can’t disagree with – Christmas spirit.

If I were you, I’d make a YouTube playlist of more original tracks to fill your ears with this Christmas.  I’ll start you off, The Killers ‘Don’t Shoot Me Santa’.

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (feat. Kenny G)
  3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. Barbara Streisand)
  4. This Christmas (feat. Chick Corea)
  5. Silent Night
  6. The Christmas Waltz
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Elton John)
  8. Winter Wonderland (feat. Tony Bennet and The Count Basie Orchestra)
  9. White Christmas
  10. I Think You Might Like This
  11. The Christmas Song
  12. Deck the Halls (feat. James Taylor)
  13. Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time is Here (Medley)